We started out with eleven ladies for an evening hike and headed out to the Belt Creek Range Station near trail 734 to look for Calypso Orchids and we were not disappointed. The trail started with just a few Calypso flowers and as we proceeded along the switchback trail we were graced with many groups of the lavender and yellow beauties. There were many photos taken of all of the different flowers as each turn we spotted new varieties of plants that were awaiting us. We saw Utah Honeysuckle, a Chocolate Lily, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Prairie Smoke, and many more. JoAnn's expertise in plant identification was a learning experience for all of us.
The temperature was quite warm and although the hike was only three miles total, it was a good climb to the meadow. Susan lead the group to the end and then back down the forest path. Some of our experienced hikes weren't expecting the amount of up hill that they encountered. We had some new hikers that had not been on too many hikes before and did very well with the heat and altitude gain.
Our group decided to stop and have a bite on the way home at Cougar Canyon and we returned home just as the sun was setting.
The ladies that went were: Una, Maria .Bonnie J.,Roni, Susan C., Debra Mc., Susan W, JoAnn W, Bonnie W., Heather, and Gail